Schooner Sailing in Norway
28 July to 4 August 2014
We left Gatwick on Sunday afternoon, with an overnight
stay at an Oslo airport hotel with a little walk in the morning, before
a lunchtime flight to Alesund Vigra airport, which outdid itself by
managing wheels down on the runway to sitting in the bus having
collected luggage and cleared immigration in a total of thirteen
minutes. We then had a longer wait than that on the bus, before a
pleasant little drive to the town of Alesund.
We were dropped off near the tourist information office, from where
there was a view across the harbour to our home for the next seven days,
We walked down one side of the harbour, doing a little geocaching en
route, and then back up the other side to Trinovante.
After dropping off our bags, we went for a little exploring, gaining
some height which gave more extensive views, ending our outing with the
first ice-cream of the holiday.
Back at the boat, soon everyone was on board except Peter from Northern
Ireland, whose plane was going to be the last anyway, but which was
delayed. So it was after eleven o'clock by the time we got underway. Su
and John were keen to get going tonight because a storm coming up from
the south might be troublesome in rounding the cape, after which we
could stick to more sheltered inland waters.
At 6.15am we moored alongside on the island of Silda, and there was a
general retiring to bed to make up for lost sleep overnight.
Later, we set off for a little exploration. Here Karen is waiting for
some of the others.
At 1545 we got underway again
We anchored for the night in Moldefjorden
Wednesday we made a rather earlier start, being under sail at 9.45am.
Cheryl and Adrian were part of our crew for the week
We moored for the night at Mal°y. There were several memorials to the
Allied raid on Mal°y of 27 December 1941. HMS Kenya, HMS Chiddinfold,
HMS Offa, HMS Onslow, HMS Oribi and HMS Tuna plus two transport craft
and 590 men attacked with the support of aircraft. Partly as a result of
the raid, the Germans deployed a large number of troops in Norway and
thus diverted resources from elsewhere in Europe.
From a small island linked to the main island by a causeway, there is a
view back to the town and to Trinovante right of centre
A closer up view of Trinovante moored and looking very small
Next morning, as we wait for one of our crew, Donald, to visit the
doctor, a navy vessel is manoeuvring
The drop a boat over the side and it initially heads for us before
dropping some people onto the shore.
Some fishing while we wait
After a visit to the fuel depot on the other side, we pop back to pick
up Donald who has seen the doctor about his chest infection, and we are
underway at noon.
We moored at a little quay at Botnane
We went for an evening stroll
A mountain lake
The view back to the sea from the lake
Heading back to the boat
Next morning we were under way at 10am, initially with no wind
But it did provide opportunity for some fishing, including this
shark/dogfish that Lucy initially hooked and was then brought aboard by
Karen and Lucy look at the shark while Adrian aims for more
A very isloated spot for a house, and with nowhere to land a boat on
Heading towards a lighthouse
Cheryl rests on one of the sail bags, then it's Donald's turn, while
Peter is more contemplative.
At the end of the day, we have a narrow passage along Skifjorden
The still waters make for some glorious reflections
Our anchorage for the night
Next morning, as we get underway, reversing our course up Skifjorden, a
seaplane takes off
And flies past us, twice, clearly enjoying our presence
More reflections as we leave Skifjorden
Getting ready for rain
The fisherman topsail is set
Approaching Eivindvik, where one local was so pleased to see our
approach that he fired a welcoming cannon.
A little evening exploration above the village.
One of the two stone crosses of Eivindvik, from around 950-1030 AD, the
end of the period of Christianisation of this area. The crosses are
inspired by British crosses of the period, probably from Yorkshire, and
are known as "Norwegian Anglian" crosses. This one is about 2.5 metres
high. The oldest regional assembly in Norway met here, and the Norwegian
kings had British priests and bishops in their entourage.
Departing from Eivindvik under sail, reported to be the first time a
schooner had done so in over a hundred years.
Close inspection will reveal that Lucy only has the hoodie draped over
her - it is to keep off the rain which is dripping from the sail above
Su and John, our patient hosts for the week
Hoisting the "fishaker"
Approaching Bergen, and the end of the journey.
Exploring Bergen on Monday morning
Looking down on Trinovante (centre) and the larger boat to its right.
Bergen from the top of the funicula railway (seen approaching bottom
Descending the funicula to go back to Trinovante, collect our bags, and
Time to head for the railway station, and
a journey across Norway...